Around the NHL: Simmonds leads Flyers as they double up Oilers

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

The Edmonton Oilers poor play on home ice continued Wednesday night at Rogers Place as they were beaten 4-2 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Ottawa lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal, giving him eight career goals and 11 points in nine games against the Flyers. Instead, it was a costly turnover to the most unsafe player on the Oilers that turned the tables.

Simmonds iced the win with an empty-net goal.

"It definitely feels good. We made some adjustments through the neutral zone and we're really clogging things up". "There is a lot of hockey left to play, a lot of games".

"We limited his chances throughout the game", Weal said.

"We went through a tough stretch and got a win the other night in Calgary and this one tonight was big to keep us going on the right track", said Flyers goalie Brian Elliott. McDavid leads Edmonton in goals (11), assists (21) and points (32), but was held off the scoresheet in his last encounter versus Philadelphia in a 2-1 setback at Wells Fargo Center on October 21. A turnover by defenseman Kris Russell put the play in motion, leading to Raffl's second goal in as many games. Michael Raffl converted a breakaway to make it 3-1 with 15:54 to go.

Notes: Oilers defenceman Adam Larsson remained out with an injury for the Oilers. In that game, Coburn, Carter and Scottie Upshall (7 shots) accounted for 23 of the Flyers' 34 shots.

"It was a pretty unselfish line change by Simmy", said Weise, referring to Simmonds by his nickname. "I thought we had some good looks in the third, but couldn't capitalize".

He did, firing a shot between the legs of defenseman Eric Gryba. 2, Philadelphia, Weal 3 (Giroux, Couturier), 8:53 (pp). "You get out there with special players like that and I was able to find a good spot and Coots made a helluva play".

The Oilers struck shorthanded 3:21 into the second. The Flyers' first power-play unit was on the ice too long and appeared winded.

Connor McDavid managed to steal the puck from Sean Couturier, starting him on a two-on-one with Leon Draisaitl.

"We're pretty resilient", Weise said. This time, they didn't let it go to waste on the NHL's worst penalty kill entering Wednesday.

Edmonton is a "good offensive team", Simmonds said before the game.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (9-11-7): Raffl fared well with new linemates Valtteri Filppula and Voracek, with the group combining to register six points (two goals, four assists) and a plus-8 rating against the Flames.

A centering attempt hit the skate of Mark Alt and allowed the Oilers to get two chances in close.

At the end of the first 40 minutes, the Flyers had a 48-29 advantage in shot attempts. Wayne Simmonds posted a goal for the seconds straight game and added an assist. It equaled their second-highest scoring output of the season.

They now have a two-game winning streak for the second time this season. This was the first of a back-to-back the Flyers will complete when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Thursday (10:00 pm EST on NBCSP & 93.3 WMMR).

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